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The Letter -- Martine Jamison is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond opposite a young beauty. An unknown newcomer develops a peculiar fascination with Martine. As rehearsals continue, Martine has periods of disorientation that quickly deteriorate into vivid hallucinations as she becomes convinced someone is trying to poison her.
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Obsession can blur the lines of reality.
A playwright who begins to mentally unravel cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Winona Ryder ... Martine

Josh Hamilton ... Raymond

Marin Ireland ... Anita

Katherine Waterston ... Julie

James Franco ... Tyrone

Dagmara Dominczyk ... Elizabeth McIntyre

Laila Robins ... Doctor Tynan

Julie Ann Emery ... Doctor Lewis

Eisa Davis ... Therapist
Michael Kincade ... Detective Roberts (as Mike Lubik)
C.J. Williams ... Detective Abrams

Vince Jolivette ... Edward

Samantha Sherman ... Natasha

Britt Lower ... Kathleen
Clem Cheung ... Chinese Man

Ania Spiering ... Waitress

Scarlett Sperduto ... Young Girl Singing
Joshua Landay ... Young Man
Michael Fawcett ... Young Policeman
Madalyn Lester ... Street Woman

Nina Ljeti ... Patient

Tanner Beard ... Orderly

Victoria Mack ... Nurse
Sophie Finkelstein ... Attendant
Sam Sam Yung ... Mounted Policewoman

Ariel Sands ... Screaming Woman #1 (as Ariel Meislin)

Shirley Dluginski ... Screaming Woman #2
Michael Walker ... Detective #2 (as Michael James Walker)
Jenna Bourgeois ... Kissing Couple #1

John J Thomassen ... Kissing Couple #1 (as John Thomassen)

David Gerson ... Kissing Couple #2
Sophie-Ann Duermeyes ... Kissing Couple #2
David Rothstadt ... Touching Couple

Izzie Steele ... Touching Couple
Donna G. Mooney ... Walking Woman
Tom Hegedosh ... Waiter
Cara Braglia ... Waitress #2
Zac Bahaj ... Maitre d'
Ty Anania ... Teenager #1
Louis Anania ... Teenager #2

Alessa Aichinger ... Restaurant Patron
Alicia Chisolm ... Restaurant Patron

Melanie Dobbyn ... Restaurant Patron

Karen Eilbacher ... Restaurant Patron
Michelle Ferreira ... Restaurant Patron

Kate Flanagan ... Restaurant Patron
Jack Gilbert ... Restaurant Patron
Devon Greenbaum ... Restaurant Patron
Alinca Hamilton ... Restaurant Patron
Edwings Hogarth ... Restaurant Patron
Ariel James ... Restaurant Patron
Barbara Lipari ... Restaurant Patron
Valery Lipari ... Restaurant Patron
Derek Michaels ... Restaurant Patron
Lauren Montella ... Restaurant Patron
Isabelle Owens ... Restaurant Patron
Jessica Parvati ... Restaurant Patron
Nancy Ellen Reinstein ... Restaurant Patron
Mireya Rios ... Restaurant Patron
Ralph Vinci ... Restaurant Patron

Vitaliy Shtabnoy ... Restaurant Patron (as Talli Vladimir)

Kevin Winebold ... Restaurant Patron

Justin Michael Woods ... Restaurant Patron
Cafetano Morales ... Kitchen Staff
Joel Lopez ... Kitchen Staff
Sidney Nolyu ... Pedestrian
Rick Pantera ... Pedestrian
Liz Shivener ... Pedestrian
Shari Tischler ... Pedestrian
Sandy Cheng ... Pedestrian
Wen-Chuan Dai ... Pedestrian
Andrew Lee ... Pedestrian
Yuchen Lin ... Pedestrian
Wilson Pok ... Pedestrian
Yinan Zhao ... Pedestrian
Lián Amaris Sifuentes ... Shopper (as Lian Amaris)
Abigail Marean ... Shopper

Rebecca Merle ... Shopper
Jason McHale ... Shop Clerk
T. Moody ... Shop Clerk
Kevin Schaffner ... Shop Clerk
Fiona Aldridge ... Hospital Patient
Joy Bridenbaker ... Hospital Patient

Leslie Cohen ... Hospital Patient
Cozi Ib ... Hospital Patient
Tedi Leigh Jane ... Hospital Patient (as Tedili Nicoletos)

Della Saba ... Hospital Patient
Tine Thomasen ... Hospital Patient
Brianna Viera ... Hospital Patient

Chelsie Yacks ... Butoh Audience

Caralyn Collar ... Butoh Audience
Madeline Hoak ... Butoh Audience
Natalie Kostin ... Butoh Audience
Cheryl Ann Palmer ... Butoh Audience

Roxann Remekie ... Butoh Audience
Magnus ... Dog Talent
Vangeline ... Performer: original Butoh Dance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Klein ... Dream Guy (uncredited)

Marijana Pecijarevska ... Nurse (uncredited)

Christina Voros ... Raoul (uncredited)

Directed by
Jay Anania 
Writing credits
Jay Anania (written by)

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Rene Cogan .... executive producer
Michael Corso .... executive producer
Steven Garcia .... executive producer
Anthony Gudas .... executive producer
Vince Jolivette .... producer
Jeff Kalligheri .... producer
Miles Levy .... producer
Jason Sokoloff .... line producer
Marni Zelnick .... producer
Original Music by
Ty Anania 
Cinematography by
Jay Anania (director of photography)
Peter Cairns  (as Pete Cairns)
Christina Voros 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Allison Estrin 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Casey Smith 
Art Direction by
Bradley Schmidt 
Costume Design by
Annie Simon 
Makeup Department
Lizzie Arneson .... additional hair assistant
Lizzie Arneson .... additional makeup assistant
Pam Baumgartner .... additional hair assistant
Pam Baumgartner .... additional makeup assistant
Brit Cochran .... makeup assistant
Masha Gvozdov .... key hair stylist
Masha Gvozdov .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kim Sicurella-Barnes .... unit production manager (as Kim Barnes)
Marni Zelnick .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carroll .... first assistant director
Christina Pierre .... second assistant director
Sophie Finkelstein .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joe Cairo .... set dresser (as Joseph Cairo)
Linda Castiglione .... set dresser
Lindsay Johnston .... set constructor
Josie Keefe .... on-set props
Sarah Murat .... set dresser
Phillipps.Deon .... lead man
Nora Schaffer .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ryan Billia .... dialogue editor
Ryan Billia .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Billia .... supervising sound editor
Shandor Garrison .... boom operator
Allison Jackson .... sound mixer
Roberto Lange .... foley recordist
Chris Peterson .... audio post-production services: ep of film & television, BANG @ Post Factory
Brad Stratton .... audio post-production supervisor
Jason Trammell .... foley artist
Paul Vitolins .... dialogue editor
Tony Guida .... stunt performer
Declan Mulvey .... stunt coordinator
Nnamdi Nwosa .... stunt performer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Kim Sicurella-Barnes .... stunt double: Winona Ryder (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Paul Alvarado .... grip (as Joey Alvarado)
Stratton Bailey .... key grip
Pamela Berkovic .... still photographer
Edna Luise Biesold .... additional cinematography (as Edna Biesold)
Seth Coleman .... best boy electric
Juan Crouch .... best boy grip
Leonardo D'Antoni .... director of lighting
Jamie Dack .... still photographer
Sam Ellison .... first assistant camera
Ryland Jones .... grip
Justin Lee .... best boy electric
Kimberly Parker .... camera operator
Kimberly Parker .... first assistant camera
Benjamin Rutkowski .... camera operator (as Ben Rutkowski)
Ari Schaeffer .... grip
Zack Schamberg .... camera operator (as Zach Schamberg)
Tine Thomasen .... digital imaging technician
Daniel Vecchione .... additional cinematography (as Danny Vecchione)
Casting Department
James Bartol .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Karen Boyer .... wardrobe supervisor
Emily Desimone .... shopper (as Emily DeSimone)
Maria Hooper .... costume design assistant
Zinnia Kim .... wardrobe assistant
Hannah Kittell .... shopper
Wendy Strauss .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Cairns .... colorist
Music Department
Ryan Billia .... score engineer
Brian Jones .... composer: additional music
Brian Jones .... music supervisor
Brian Jones .... score producer
Tim Marchiafava .... assistant score engineer (as Tim Marchiafavia)
Transportation Department
Julian Wellbery .... driving production assistant
Other crew
James Bartol .... production intern
Blaine Chou .... production assistant
Mo Faramawy .... production intern (as Mohamed Faramawy)
Brooke Goldfinch .... script supervisor
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Dena Greenbaum .... production coordinator
Devin Hayes .... production assistant
Jerry Li .... production intern
Charles Loguidice .... dog trainer and handler
Richard R. Lucas Jr. .... parking coordinator
Drew Nahas .... location manager
Jeff Petriello .... key production assistant
Charlotte Rabate .... set production assistant
Benjamin Rutkowski .... set production assistant
Jeremy Sam .... set production assistant
Natasha C. Smith .... production accountant
Tara Steinberg .... assistant production coordinator
Vangeline .... choreographer
Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo .... credit sequence
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance (uncredited)
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services (uncredited)
Elizabeth Swados .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexuality and language
92 min

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Jay Anania heads the directing program at the graduate film school at New York University and is one of James Franco's teachers.See more »
[first lines]
Martine:I'm not sure I know how it began. But in the midst of a life that I now barely remember, in the midst of those now-forgotten New York days and nights, something happened. I believe it's all true. But it started with a dream.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The greatest movie you'll ever hate, 8 August 2015
Author: rooprect from New York City

If you saw the trailer and thought it was interesting then don't bother; you'll hate this film. I mean it. Don't even think about watching.

If, on the other hand, you saw the trailer and thought "oh great, another forgettable thriller about a creepy guy and clueless chick. When will anyone try anything new for chrissake??" then hold your horses because this movie might be just for you.

"The Letter" marks the 2nd pairing of the phenomenal acting/directing team of James Franco and his professor Jay Anania (the first being the excellent film "Vincent" aka "Shadows & Lies"). This time Winona Ryder joins the group and adds her own perfect eccentricity to the mix. Ryder plays the part of "Martine" a playwright who is putting on a production with 5 actors including a shadowy newcomer "Tyrone" (Franco).

As the play progresses, reality begins to wrap itself around imagination and vice versa. Some have compared this to other recent mindbenders like "Black Swan" and "Memento", but I would say this film outshines them all due to Anania's fierce, stylistic approach which really gets into your head. There aren't really any shocks, thrills, chills, gore or other cheapshots to make you spill your popcorn. Instead, it's a very insidious, unsettling visual approach, as well as disjoint audio, that draws you into the mounting tension and confusion of Martine's mentally unbalanced psyche. No monsters or broken mirror shards required. That's one thing to remember about this film: it doesn't stoop to cheap thrills but instead stands by its somber, anti-Hollywood approach.

Something else to know about this film; it moves at the speed of reality, that is "slowly" by movie standards. So if you get bored easily, you might want to look elsewhere. There are scenes of dialogue with actual pauses between people speaking, like in real life, how about that? Sometimes there are periods of silence that might make the audience feel uncomfortable if they're expecting some sort of rapid fire, scripted tit-for-tat. But if you're prepared for a voyeuristic experience of watching other people's lives, this nails it. Don't get me wrong; not a single scene is wasted and there's no fluff or filler. It's just that Anania allows the scenes to breathe a little. The pacing is similar to something you might get in from a European director (Kieslowsky, Tarkovsky, maybe Bela Tarr after a few cups of coffee) and the visual poetry is reminiscent of the Japanese masters Kurosawa & Teshigahara with a distinct, hip, modern look (extreme saturation, contrast and exposure) as you might see in Aronofsky or Paul Thomas Anderson. The overall package is distinctly Anania.

And how can I end this without a word about Franco. Although his role may strike you as being smaller than you'd expect (Winona Ryder is the star), each time he graces the camera it's done with so much poise and confidence you find yourself wondering who would win in a cool-off between Franco & Bogart. Hate to admit it, but I think Franco would win by a hair.

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